All public school districts of any type or class are authorized to establish, maintain and operate their educational program under a continuous school program, to be conducted throughout the entire year.
The board of education of any school district may, after notification to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, establish and operate in one or more of the schools within the district, or in all schools within the district, a continuous school program pursuant to the provisions of this act.
Prior to implementing a continuous school program in any school of the district, the school district’s board of education shall consult in good faith in an effort to reach agreement with the employees of the school, with the parents of pupils who would be affected by the change, and with the community at large. Such consultation shall include at least one public hearing for which the board has given adequate notice to the employees and to the parents of the pupils affected.
In school districts where a continuous school program is implemented in fewer than all of the schools maintained by the school district, the board of education of such a school district shall make every reasonable effort to assign employees who prefer the regular school schedule to schools of the same level retaining the regular school schedule.
The board of education of any school district operating pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall divide the students of each selected school into as many groups as necessary to adequately accommodate a continuous school program so established and conducted. Students of the same family shall be placed in the same group unless one or more of such students is enrolled in a special education class or unless the parent or guardian of such student requests that the students be placed in different groups.
The board of education of any school district operating pursuant to the provisions of this act shall establish a school calendar whereby the teaching sessions and vacation periods during the school year are on a rotating basis.
Each selected school shall be closed for all students and employees on regular school holidays.
The schools and classes shall be conducted for a total of no less than one hundred eighty (180) days or no less than one thousand eighty (1,080) hours during the academic year.
The provisions of all other laws relating to compulsory full-time education and the enrollment and attendance of pupils in the kindergarten, elementary and secondary grades shall be applicable with respect to the regular school days prescribed for the entire academic year established for the school at which a program pursuant to this act is conducted, and to the attendance area established for such school.
The board of education of any school district operating the continuous school program pursuant to this act shall prescribe a separate salary schedule for the employees of the district who are employed at any school maintaining the continuous school program pursuant to this act, and who, because of such employment, will be engaged in rendering services for the district for a greater number of total days during the academic year than would be the case for a regular academic year.
Each school district maintaining a continuous school program in any school within the district pursuant to this act shall be entitled to receive the same support, but not more support, from the State Board of Education due to the average daily attendance at such school than it would have received if the school had been operating under the provisions of law relating to the regular school year as provided in Section 18-109 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
State aid shall not be increased to any district operating on a continuous school program; there shall be paid no amount greater than said district would have received if it were operating on a regular school year.
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction may require the submission of such reports and information as designated by the Department of Education to properly evaluate all programs established pursuant to this act.